In the world of dating, being ghosted means having someone abruptly end all contact and the relationship without any explanation. But unfortunately, someone dropping off the face of the planet doesn’t just happen to people romantically. If you’ve ever been on the job hunt, chances are you’ve been ghosted once or twice by a recruiter. Whether it happened after a brief phone screening or right through at the final stages, being ghosted by a recruiter can be frustrating and psychologically draining. To lessen the blow of future occurrences, consider the following:
1. Follow Up Thoughtfully
If you feel like you’re being ghosted by a recruiter, take the initiative to follow up with them before throwing your hands up in distress.
While it’s totally possible that you’re being ghosted, the recruiter could also be on vacation, the job may have been put on hold or the recruiter dedicated to the role may have been transitioned out of the organization. There are so many moving pieces behind the scene, so don’t immediately jump to panic mode!
If it’s been about a week or so, reach back out for a status update and be persistent, but not too pushy. If they are not responding to your email, consider reaching out (once) through LinkedIn for a response.
2. Practice Mindfulness
Mindfulness is the process of purposely bringing your attention to experiences and not becoming overwhelmed or hyper-reactive by what’s going on around you. Practice mindfulness in whatever form helps you reduce the impact that being ghosted might have on your confidence. Remind yourself that not every job is meant to be and that like in a relationship, the person you’re meant to be with won’t flake out and ghost you!
Rather than taking it personally, remind yourself just how many applicants per open job requisition recruiters deal with on a daily basis and understand that sometimes giving feedback just isn’t possible for them (though this is not a good practice on the recruiter’s part). Read more here…
Source: Glassdoor Blog